As you know, Jamie Story, GRIH’s president for the last three years, will be leaving us to take on a new and very important responsibility in Texas. We view this with mixed emotions. Jamie's leadership has brought the Grassroot Institute to a much higher level of competency and effectiveness. We will always be eternally grateful and indebted to her. On the other hand, we understand it is time for her to return to her home state where many new and exciting adventures await her. So, we are sad for us and glad for her. (more)
Hey all, check out the entire Akaka Bill Law School debate now on our website. The video is right after the jump! (more)
Last Friday, January 15, 2010, the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii was proud to present a panel debate on the subject of the Akaka Bill. We were honored to have three presenters at this panel, Mr. Jere Krischel, Mr. Leon Siu and Mr. John Zogby present their own findings and opinions about the Akaka Bill in a spirited and informative discussion that helped to spread more information about the consequences of the Akaka Bill. (more)
December 15, 2009--A new poll of registered Hawaii voters, conducted by Zogby International, has found that a majority of those surveyed oppose the Akaka Bill, while 76 percent oppose higher taxes to pay for the nation-tribe proposed in the bill. The poll was sponsored by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii and conducted from November 18 to 23, 2009. (more)
The Grassroot Institute's public education efforts concerning the Akaka Bill have earned a mention by the Wall Street Journal. The editorial cites the Grassroot Institute and Beacon Hill Institute's study on the economic impact of the bill, which could result in up to $689.7 million in lost state tax and land lease revenue annually. The exact amount would depend on the percentage of public land ceded. (more)
Bullying, the government’s anti-bullying website tells us, can happen anywhere, and is not constrained by, “age, gender, or education level.” As we all know, it involves the use of force and intimidation—and even the Internet—to harm others, and relies on imbalance of power to give the bully an edge over a victim who may not have the power to defend himself. Or, as the President and his advisors might call it, “business as usual.” (more)
Milton Friedman was born 99 years ago and his ideas are timeless. He was leader of the monetary school of thought at the University of Chicago, a founding member of the legendary free market organization, the Mont Pelerin Society, co-author with his wife, Rose, of the television series and international bestselling book Free to Choose, winner of the Nobel Prize in economics, Newsweek columnist for many years, and a fearless champion of economic and personal freedom. He was in many ways a hero to me, one who led me to a greater appreciation of free markets. (more)
The evidence is undeniable - global warming is now a major problem for practically every person in America, including the people of Alabama. If you don't believe it, check your monthly utility bill or the price of gasoline to see that global warming is a big problem in terms of what it costs you. (more)
They say imitation is the best form of flattery; in some cases it's also the smartest option. Take the latest work by Governor Rick Scott in Florida. He faces very similar challenges to what Hawaii is experiencing, so it would behoove us to watch and learn. In the last few weeks Gov. Scott spearheaded two very controversial initiatives. One was the first bill he signed into law, which would create merit based pay for teachers as well as end tenure for new hires. The second lies in his rejection of $2.4 billion in federal funding for high speed rail in Florida. (more)
On December 30, 2010 the Maui Tea Party and Maui Calabash group joined together and hosted an event featuring Sheriff Richard Mack of Graham County, Arizona. His presentation was about the eroding powers of individual states and local governments. It was the individual states that formed the federal government initially, with very limited and discreet powers. The Founders wrote a constitution for this new government to insure that we were to be governed by a limited entity, with strict parameters for its authority and power. (more)
Correcting historical revisionism and misconceptions promoted by the Akaka Bill.
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